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"Mr Assange, 47, [appeared] at Westminster Magistrates' Court. He pleaded "not guilty" to the 2012 charge of failing to surrender to the court. [...] Finding him guilty, District Judge Michael Snow said Mr Assange's behaviour was "the behaviour of a narcissist who cannot get beyond his own selfish interest"."

How does the English justice system work? He was arrested, and almost immediately taken to court and convicted?

I have no idea, but the charge was failure to surrender. It's pretty obvious, 7 years later, that he is guilty of that.


My understanding is that failing to surrender to an illegal warrant would not itself be a crime. Unless Assange has accepted that the surrender order was valid or he has been previously convicted in absentia, he would seem to need a court proceeding to argue that.

Unless seeking asylum from a country is automatically illegal. Imagine the international hijinks if an Australian went to the British consul in Moscow for asylum at the height of the cold war, and the Soviets charged him for that itself....

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